How safe were the choices at Monday night’s
Here's what won and why and how it matched with our predictions:
The pick: “
The winner: "Breaking Bad"
"Breaking Bad" delivered a final batch of episodes that satisfied on multiple levels. There was never much doubt that voters would respond with a proper send-off.
LEAD ACTOR DRAMA
The pick: Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
All right, all right … oh, no! Everyone in the room seem delighted to have McConaughey join them. But when push came to shove, TV academy voters went with one of their own. You can't argue about the choice; Cranston deserved his fourth Emmy just as much as the other three he won for playing Walter White. Come to think of it, we'd give him an award just for that Sneaky Pete speech.
LEAD ACTRESS DRAMA
The pick: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
The winner: Margulies
There was some thought that “House of Cards” lead
SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA
The winner: Paul
This Emmy could have easily gone to “Game of Thrones’ ”
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The winner: Gunn
Gunn won her first Emmy last year and had a great episode ("Ozymandias," which won the drama writing category) to pull off a repeat.
The pick: "Modern Family"
The winner: "Modern Family"
LEAD ACTOR COMEDY
The pick: Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Remember last year's Emmys when voters surprised us? Well … that was last year. I should have never picked against the safe choice. Like host Seth Meyers said of Parsons: $1 million an episode. "Worth every penny."
LEAD ACTRESS COMEDY
The winner: Louis-Dreyfus
Maybe you don’t subscribe to HBO and don’t know just how brilliant Louis-Dreyfus is on the show. But you’ve seen her Emmy acceptance speeches, right? Last year with
SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY
There were a number of great choices in this category, including Burrell's castmate,
Apparently voters were taken with Burrell's parody rendition of Styx's "Come Sail Away" in his submitted episode, "Spring-a-Ding-Fling." And why not? Who hasn't, at some point, looked to the sea and seen reflections in the waves that sparked their memories? No one, I tell you! No one!
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The winner: Janney
On a night when Emmy voters went with the tried-and-true, there was little chance Janney, now a six-time winner, wouldn't take this Emmy. Plus, as I noted in our predictions earlier, TV academy members can't get enough of actresses playing moms in this category.